Birmingham-based grocery delivery firm Shipt has pledged $1 million to Birmingham Promise over the next five years.
Funds will help the organization in its efforts to ease students’ access to college funding and provide mentoring for young people as they transition from high school to college to career.
Part of this funding will support the Magic City Mentorship program, which will pair students with Shipt employees as mentors.
“Every young person should have access to opportunities to pursue their dreams of success — and it is important to us to do what we can to make that a reality in our hometown,” said Shipt CEO Kamau Witherspoon. “Shipt’s investment will increase access to college and career options beyond high school for Birmingham City Schools students, while also doing our part to support students on their journeys through one-on-one mentorship. While we are building a talented, diverse team and a culture of belonging within our company, it is important to also leverage our hearts, minds and resources to make a difference within our community.”
Samantha Williams, executive director of Birmingham Promise, added, “Access to opportunity can make all the difference in a student’s life. We are thrilled to partner with Shipt to ensure that every Birmingham City School student is supported and prepared to achieve economic security, mobility and prosperity.”